December 19, 2001

NetIQ Recognized for Leadership and Innovation in Infrastructure Management and Business Intelligence by Two Leading Publications

Named to Intelligent Enterprise's List of 2002 Companies to Watch; Ranked 36th by DM Review on the 2001 DM Review 100 List

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence solutions, today announced that it was recognized for leadership and innovation in infrastructure management and business intelligence by two leading publications.

Intelligent Enterprise magazine rated NetIQ as a leader in the infrastructure category in their list of 2002 "Companies to Watch." DM Review magazine also recently recognized NetIQ by ranking it 36th on the 2001 "DM Review 100" list, which recognizes the top 100 business intelligence companies as selected by the readers of DM Review. The 2002 "Companies to Watch" will be featured in the January issue of Intelligent Enterprise and the "DM Review 100" winners were announced in the December issue of DM Review.

"Being ranked on both of these influential lists validates NetIQ's strong leadership role in both the infrastructure management and business intelligence markets," said Rick Pleczko, NetIQ's senior vice president of worldwide marketing. "NetIQ offers solutions for managing all the critical components of an organization's e-business infrastructure, and we are pleased that editors and readers alike voted that we are delivering the solutions that the industry demands."

The editorial staff of Intelligent Enterprise chose the companies listed on the 2002 Companies to Watch list by researching and assessing the past year's coverage and reader feedback The DM Review awards were selected by its readers who were asked to rate the products used in their organizations for business intelligence, data warehousing, analytic applications and customer relationship management. The companies chosen represent a broad spectrum of products and services.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence solutions for all the components of an organization's e-business infrastructure—from back-end servers, networks and directories to front-end web servers and applications. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Raleigh, N.C., Bellevue, Wash., and Portland, Ore. For more information, please visit NetIQ's Web site at www.netiq.comor call (408) 856-3000. For more information about WebTrends, the e-business intelligence product line from NetIQ, please or call (888) WEBTRENDS.

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